The Frick’s special exhibitions highlight subjects that complement the aesthetic and artistic focus of its permanent collection. The museum is particularly well known for presenting shows that focus on subjects and artists not commonly highlighted elsewhere. These presentations, whether focusing on a single object or a larger selection, have been acclaimed for their quality, originality, and intellectual rigor.
Exhibitions of large-scale works, such as the 2012 Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting, cannot be presented in the basement-level temporary exhibition galleries because of the rooms’ low ceilings. Instead, they have had to be mounted in the larger galleries on the first floor, necessitating the removal from display of objects from the permanent collection, such as the beloved full-length portraits by Whistler and Van Dyck.
To alleviate this problem, the Frick plans to create a dedicated Special Exhibition Gallery. Unlike the rooms in the basement, the envisioned gallery might have the added benefit of being located on the same floor as the permanent collection, which inspires and complements the themes of the Frick’s special exhibitions.